Wake Up America

The Windy Road of Dreams and Obtainment of Accomplishments

We all want what we don’t have. We hunger over something for so long, but once we obtain the treasure, the chase is over and our eyes are fixated on something new.

Being able to appreciate what you have without desiring what’s on the other side of the fence is something that most people can’t do for too long after they’ve fought so hard to get what it is they wanted in the first place.

Most of us self sabotage ourselves out of fear and denial of bad habits we refuse to fix; thinking neither of those are a component to dream chasing. We hear from family and friends, “You can do anything you want,” in one sentence and the next moment they are telling us, “That is far-fetched. You won’t be able to get there, but you can still be successful. Why don’t you just do x, y, and z?”

  

WHY CAN’T WE DO ANYTHING WE DREAM?
WHY CAN’T WE HAVE WHATEVER WE WANT?

Why are we unable to become a traveling nutritionist for a rock band or do surf yoga with Beyonce or become a worldwide published writer with our book written in 20 languages? Who said that we are forbidden from ever obtaining a million dollars or a pony or going into an ocean plunge full of feeding sharks in a steel tank?

People who are afraid of their own dreams – THAT’S who said we can’t. People who doubt their own abilities have a certain level of incapability to believe in other people. The ones who never tried everything possible to obtain their dream are the same ones telling you whatever it is you want is “too much work”. Unfortunately, they are the broken spirits who allowed themselves to believe the opinions of others that they would only get so far before they’d have to just ‘be happy’ with a settling plateau.

So, why bother?

You should be asking yourself, WHY NOT BOTHER? If someone out there is doing what you want to do then clearly, it’s obtainable. If you sold lemonade as a kid, then you already know you can produce a product and sell it to the public. If you have kept a diary your whole life and love to write, then you already know you have the ability to publish your writing. If you have taken pictures that people oogle at on social media and your photo albums, then you already know you can make art and show it to the World.

We have already done thousands, if not millions, of little things everyday that prove we have what it takes turn any dream, as tiny or far-fetched as we want, into reality.

Your first clue should be this: “I doubt I can make any money doing that” or “I doubt anyone would use this or like this or want this” or “That is so expensive, I won’t ever be able to buy/afford that” <—- those statements right there… do you see what’s happening?! When you have those thoughts, you are giving volume to the doubting mind. Your Inner Truth always knows what is real and what is fake and it’s there to help you stay on the life path you created before you were even born, believe it or not. The inspiration for the thought is really “People will love this and I am the one to create this and show it to the World” and “I can absolutely make the funds I need to in order to afford x, y, and z. It will take time and I have the patience for it. It is already mine and I’m just making room in my life so when it arrives, it will be perfect.”

We are just silly humans who make everything much more complicated than it needs to be and have made an evolutionary bad habit of creating our own disappointments and then exercising our audacity, pointing the finger as to why we haven’t made it to where we want to be or have the things we want in life. 

You must always believe you will get what you want, and furthermore, you must recognize the goodness that has been laid in your lap when you receive it.  

  

You have come this far and had one image on your mind to fuel your fire, push you through darkness and haul you across valleys and over mountains so you could make that image become reality. All the while, you have proclaimed your love for it, your need for it, and your starvation without it. You have made it known that this is what completes you and makes you a whole. That moment comes where you obtain what you’ve been striving to get for so long. And suddenly…. you feel unsatisfied. You’re left feeling hungry for more.

It’s natural for us to keep wanting more, however the problem with this is when the process isn’t done in gradual patient steps, we start to resent the things we do have. We forget why we wanted the original thing all along! We begin to feel suffocated and irritated and bored to exhaustion just from looking at them. Whether it’s people, cars, furniture, or gadgets, we break our backs to get what we want and rarely have it long enough to fall in love with it.

You can’t truly appreciate success until you’ve hit the rock bottom in your financial world and you can’t truly appreciate good love until you’ve had heartbreak. You must truly appreciate what you have and cherish it for everything it is and everything it’s not, because if you disregard it all together, it will be taken from you one way or another. The Universe is a power not to be undermined in its ability to give and take gifts of our mortal desires.

“I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul.” 

-W.C. Henley

 

Another Historical Moment in the New Millennium

It’s no hidden fact, that since the beginning of our new millennium, we have made monumental moments in our history that have been captivating,

In 2001, the first iPod was introduced by Apple, Inc. and it was a month before that we had a terrorist attack on our nation and Historical Afghan cliff carvings of the Buddhas are blown up after the Taliban deems them idolatrous.
In 2002, Banksy smuggles one of his own works into Tate Britain: The nation’s favorite graffiti artist, Bansky, smuggles one his pieces into Tate Britain; earning himself a place in the art establishment
In 2004, Facebook was launched by Mark Zuckerberg
In 2005, YouTube was created and Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans
2006 brought us Planet Earth, The God Delusion, and our first E-Reader by Sony.
Paul McCartney proved anyone can be a record label, even Starbucks, when he signed in 2007.
The year of 2008 brought us our first black President of the United States
Pop Icon, Michael Jackson passed away in 2009.
NASA took its final mission in 2011.
We survived the apocalypse on December 21, 2012
The Selfie, The Belfie, “Bae”, Instagram, Snapchat, iPads, Facetime, Radio on the Go…….


Now, in 2015, we have yet again, made our mark in history as a wide clan of humanity. We have given evidence to show what it means to be united and stand together as one. Different parties have come together, different religions have come together, and different generations… have come together. We have the done the undoable and accomplished the accomplishable….

Supreme Court has ruled in favor of gay marriage in all 50 states. 


White House Turns to Rainbow
photo credit: Mladen Antonov


A display of the colors as shown: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.
That is seven colors that correlates not just the number, but the order, in which our Chakras run. (Root, Hara, Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Third Eye, Crown).

Coincidence? Nothing is coincidence.

The colors are based off the the order and creation of the natural phenomena, the rainbow. (Notice how “rainbow”, in itself, is seven letters long?) The rainbow appears after rainfall and is said to be God’s promise to mankind that he won’t ever again, flood the Earth. The rainbow is a sign of promise, peace, growth, love, opportunity, cherishment, and love. These seven colors literally, run from the shade before it into the shade following it. The red fades into orange, fades into yellow, fades into green; all the way until the indigo fades into violet (our crown chakra, that when opened, gives us ultimate, open communication with the Divine), shining so brightly, that as the violet sheds those sweet purple and lavender hues, they become filled more with pinks; bringing us back full circle to a bold and leading red.

7 Colors
7 Letters
7 Dominating Chakras through the center of our body.

There is no denying that the message of the rainbow has clearly been lost throughout society as we have grown in less than favorable ways throughout the centuries of occupying Mother Earth. But here it is, again, forcing us to open our ways. Forcing us to pay attention to the moral laws set forth by powers greater than we will ever know. We are made of the components that the message brings. We were made up of all the colors that run in and out of each other. One color is every color and no color is no such thing. It proves the connection among all living things.


The ruling came on June 26th, 2015 from a very close 5-4 ruling in the Supreme Court, denying every state the power to prohibit same sex couples seeking marriage. The moment the gavel came down in favor of the marriage rights, it was instantly legal; giving every gay man and lesbian woman the right to enjoy their marriage rights that every opposite-sex couple has enjoyed for thousands of years. Obama gives a pretty straight forward speech in this short video here.

Said President Obama on the night of the ruling, “This is a great step toward our March in equality.” And he couldn’t be more right. The Defense of Marriage Act was denied in 2013 by the Supreme Court, after millions of eager citizens were waiting to hear the news on what their future of freedom would hold for them. Millions of people have fought blood, sweat, and tears to make this moment happen. They have endured name calling, unlawful physical attacks, hate messages, judgements, disownment from families and friends, and even the development of fear. They have stayed true to themselves through the fire as they walked across the coals of other people’s wrath and envy. People are born with bravery. It’s a quality one develops.

Our country has much to learn about the concept of courage, bravery, and integrity. For so many years, people have taken it upon themselves to play God. They have taken ownership of the right to judge others, sentence others, condemn others; just because they believe in different views.

There are some things, I can only shake my head at, such as the outcries of our nation’s senators and political figures. Which is when I turn to the man who has taken my response to these people, right out of my mouth and in doing so, has allowed me to laugh with millions who also viewed this treat on Monday, June 29th.


 

LET THIS BE KNOWN AMERICA:

YOU ARE NOT BETTER OR WORSE THAN THE PERSON NEXT TO YOU. 

YOU DO NOT OWN THE RIGHT TO JUDGE ANYBODY OUTSIDE OF YOURSELF.  

YOU DO NOT OWN THE RIGHT TO CONDEMN THOSE WHO SEE DIFFERENTLY.


Absolutely adorable is when kids are asked their views. Now, kids are literally a by-product of their parents and daily environment. They speak their mind because they are pure of heart. They see things a number of adults don’t see because they haven’t lost their depth of imagination. They understand things a number of adults do not, because they love wholeheartedly. So when asked what their opinion is of gay marriage, they said this.


 

This picture below, is what it looks like when the nonbelievers utilize the space in between their arms for accepting individual thought and lifestyle, instead of utilizing it to hold onto their pride.

The White House is blanketed in rainbow colors symbolizing
photo credit: Molly Riley


 

quote from Obama on Gay Marriage

Obama said the ruling was the “consequence of the countless small acts of courage of millions of people across decades who stood up, who came out, who talked to parents — parents who loved their children no matter what. Folks who were willing to endure bullying and taunts and stayed strong and came to believe in themselves and who they were, and slowly made an entire country realize that love is love.”


 

Gaining support in this triumph is ever growing. Even churches are beginning to recognize the strength and beauty in opening their minds to accept other beliefs as genuine individual thought. “If we were all the same, we’d all be eating at Taco Bell,” my mom always says. And she is right. How boring would that be if we all thought and lived and ate the same? Diversity is what America was made for. Against what Senator Ted Cruz thinks, it is exactly, what our founding fathers wanted for our country.

Life. 
Liberty.
Equality.
Freedom.
Pursuit of Happiness.

Where Smartphones Hold Us Back

If you read my post about social media in our modern society, you would know that I don’t see the concept of social media as black and white. It has its place here and when used in the most effective way possible, it can be extremely beneficial and entertaining.

Problems arise when something inside of a boundary oversteps the line. Where technology is concerned, it’s a problem when our attention to our cell phones is put in place of our attention to human interaction. Smartphones have, to an extent, disrupted our in-person interactions and bonding opportune moments with one another. We rely on TV to entertain us and our guests more than sitting down and enjoying hours of great conversation and discussions. Sometimes, you find that you can have a room full of people and nobody is talking to each other because everybody is too deeply engaged in their technological World to look up. They are too busy reviewing their social media status. Over the course of this popularity growth, we have seen social skills take a dive. It becomes that much harder to bond with our surroundings without the technological third wheel.


 


What we have here is a classic case of good things being taken for granted. Whether we are aware of this happening or not, our relationships with our smartphones are holding us back from expanding our relationships with other human being.

Cell phones have their place, they have their advantages, and certainly have their benefits. The trick is to knowing where, what, and when to assert said “pro’s”.


“Don’t make time for people who don’t make time for you.”


Have you ever been able to have a full uninterrupted conversation with somebody with a smartphone going off and you or the other person are checking it? Have you ever really paid attention to your emotional level when that happens? Unless you’re on emergency standby for a family member, it’s rude to be on your phone when you’re in the company of anybody else. Plain. And. Simple.

Is it really that important to be scrolling through your Instagram when you have somebody trying to talk with you? How do you feel when you are excited to partake in a great conversation with somebody and they don’t give you quality attention? They tell you with their actions, “whatever is on my phone can’t wait and it’s more important than you.”
Isn’t that mean? It hurts people’s feelings.

Your friends didn’t take time to hangout with you or go do something eventful just to have you obsessively looking at your phone. Where does your value stand in the eyes of your friends and family, the more you disregard their personal company? Do you think you’ll always be the first one called going forward? “Nah man. Don’t call them. What’s it matter? They’re just gonna be on their phone the whole time anyway. Let’s invite somebody who will actually hangout with us.”

Hanging out is not defined by simply giving your physical presence. Giving somebody your time and your company is so much more than being physically present. When you give them your mental presence and your emotional presence, you’re telling them you appreciate their time. You respect them as a person. You enjoy their company. You genuinely like to be around them for the energy they have and the feeling of comfort they give you.


 

“Those who mind, don’t matter
and those who matter,
won’t mind.”

Money VS Meaning

Let me just give it you frank:


Being disrespected by an employer for the sake of receiving a paycheck, is comparable to staying in an abusive relationship out of the fear of being alone.


There comes a moment in everyone’s lives, when you have to put your foot down and say, “I am not okay with being treated like this!” followed by walking away from the situation. Carrying your dignity in one hand and self honor in the other.

 

I quit my job yesterday. What I did, was what I love. Working with animals is part of my purpose. It’s what makes me happy among the other passions in my life I hold. Who I did it for, was not what I loved. Allowing somebody to mistreat you is telling yourself that you deserve to be treated that way. Allowing somebody to call you names for no reason, insult your personality, and abuse your loyalty is telling yourself that you don’t matter.

Granted, even our dream job will haves waves of turmoil or frustrations through the moments of sunshine. Every job gives you an opportunity to ask yourself, “Is this turmoil worth it all?” If the answer is yes, congratulations! You’re right where you need to be in your journey. If the answer is no, you may want to start looking up new employment that will give you equal income sustainability, if not more; and shiploads more happiness.

It’s okay to stick up for yourself, no matter who it is speaking to you in a way that you don’t like. It’s okay to set boundaries of respect and tell your boss or owner of the company, “You know, that’s not okay with me. Please don’t speak to me in that way. That’s a line crosser for me” Warning once is good. It shows that you know where you stand with yourself and you are unafraid to stand your ground. Believe it or not, people in authority like this characteristics among their staff. It shows them that they have strong-willed staff. Some employers become threatened by a strong personality, and if that’s the case, what are you doing working for someone who isn’t secure within themselves? Respect by way of Fear is not how you and a team gain success. It’s not okay to deplete your own body to the point of exhaustion for someone else’s personal goals over your own. It’s not okay to diminish your own core morals and beliefs so someone else can rise and you stay in the same place, if you’re lucky. And it is not okay to be treated outside of being a human being by another, regardless of it being your boss; even if that boss is family.

 

Making an income is extremely important and most of the time, we have our best interest at heart when we say “I am going to work here until I can go to _______”. Well, now you’ve been in the same position for over five years and you work with people you dislike and your boss treats you like crud. And while you’re sitting in your workplace, working to live, daydreaming about what you could be doing for work, about what you want to invent, about what you truly would rather be doing right now. Feel your heartbeat. Notice your happiness levels? You can feel like that every single day and make your daydream a reality by working on it, one step at a time. Fifteen minutes go by, and your boss’ presence snaps you back into reality. You shake your head and tell yourself “I don’t even know why I’m bothering. But one day, I will get out of here.”
I just have one question for you.


 

EXACTLY WHEN, were you going to believe in your dream again?


That’s the issue we’re facing globally. Fighting about hierarchies of class, money, and power. Saying “I can’t do this because I don’t make enough. (even though I work over 60 hours a week, and that’s including overtime).” Telling yourself that it’s too risky to quit your job and get started on your dream. Reminding yourself of all the ways your dream will probably fail. And worst of all, listening to the people who don’t even believe in you!

Excuse my French, but what kind of crap is that? 

Every employer needs employees; that goes without saying. If you choose to settle for anything less than your dream, I hope to God that you’re at least passionate about what you do.

Take for example, The Office, on TV. They live, love, and fight like a family. They’ve all worked together for so long that they remain employed because it’s comfortable, regardless of their everyday surroundings. It pays the bills. It’s consistent. Plus, Michael Scott is a pretty hilarious boss, although entirely irresponsible and a possible reason for high blood pressure. But, how many of them do you see get excited when they tell the camera man that they’re going to probably work for Dunder Mifflin Paper Company forever? One. Dwight K. Schrute. He loves paper. He loves sales. Other than Schrute’s Family Beet Farm, he lives to sell paper to his clients. He does anything for his boss and for his company because his heart is in it. Everyone else will end up miserable, but Dwight has so much passion and purpose for the paper industry, that Jim’s pranks are nearly flies across the windshield to him. They won’t ever be a big enough to quit.

How many of you see yourselves as Toby’s? Your boss has a blatant distaste for you and makes sure you know that every single day. Your boss takes you for granted and harasses you, belittles you from clock in to clock out, and lives to embarrass you and give you a hard time. You do nothing on the outside. Your insides boil up with every glare and every comment. WHY ARE YOU STILL WORKING THERE? Do you really believe you have no other option? THERE IS ALWAYS ANOTHER OPTION.

How many of you are Angelia’s? You go to work everyday hating everybody you work with so much that you don’t care what you say to them. You’re rude and it doesn’t ruin your sleeping habits. You have a yearning to bond with the people of your workplace because they’re not your cats, but you’re just not willing to accept that other people believe in different things than you. At least cats can’t really disagree with you. Nobody cares to be around you, because your unpredictable moods have produced a warning sign across your forehead.

Whether you’re the person who is bullied at work, or you’re the person bullying; those are gianormous signs that you are not in the right place of employment. You can do so much better for yourself and you can make such a better impact on this World.


Nobody’s purpose is to develop depression, anxiety, and self-loathing by working for a person or a company that does not serve you respect or happiness. Whether you chase your dreams or settle, always know and believe that not one person in this World is meant to dread their work. 


Questions:

  • What kind of attitude do you bring with you to work?
  • Does your attitude help you or hurt you on your journey to success?
  • Is your attitude and journey taking you to where you want to be?
  • Do you feel respected at your job?
  • Is where you are right now with your employment a job or a career?
  • If it’s a career, are you still passionate about it?
  • Have you established yourself among a healthy environment that pushes each other to be the best you can be?
  • If it’s a job, is it still giving you want you wanted?
  • Is it still a stepping stone towards your dream?
  • Have you been using your downtime to work on what it is you wish to create?
  • Why are you still waiting? Why are you still putting it off?
  • If you are miserable, how many times have you had the discussion with yourself?
  • If you’re miserable, why aren’t you doing anything about it? 


WE SPEND A THIRD OF OUR LIVES ASLEEP, A THIRD OF OUR LIVES WORKING, AND A THIRD OF OUR LIVES JUST BEING.

So get yourself one hell of a mattress, one hell of a work placement, and always bask in the moment. 


I wish you all, the utmost happiness in your lives.

Social Media in Our Modern Society: Gift or Curse?

Watching Fox News today for the small amount of time I got, I watched a few minutes of Obama giving a speech about the recent events happening in Baltimore, Maryland. He made a comment about the importance of Social Media and why we should appreciate the influence of it on our modern society, instead of fighting it. At that point, it really shifted my perspective about the latest discussions on our society’s view of Generation Y bringing on one of the biggest fads to date; putting everything on social media. Suddenly, instead of thinking of all the reasons Social Media is a disaster, I started agreeing with all the benefits that don’t get their moment of highlight.

Because no matter who you are, you get on some sort of networking profile either for personal or professional usage. You communicate, share, post, like, comment, and talk.

Posting on Social Media forces us to become aware of what is going on around us. The first thing that comes to mind is “I don’t want to see what people are eating and I don’t want to read somebody complaining about their life and I don’t want to see pictures of somebody’s drunken night.” I believe that’s the kind of thinking that gives the negative connotation to our collective outlook about Social Media and taking away all the great aspects of this nationwide trend.

“I am updated about my favorite sports team, when something happens in my community, and I get to read the news because I don’t have a TV in my home to watch it,” says local college student from UCONN. Above that – social media gives citizens the courage to bring up matters passionately close to their hearts. They get to freely share their opinion about their view on politics, business ethics, and war. They get to promote their local businesses, peace protests, as well as lead life changing movements by way of petitions of change.

There is a reason why Generation Y is born amongst the Era of Internet. Think of the environment we live with day in and day out and the types of situations we experience as a whole and how they affect us individually. Video games, webcams, iPods, iPads, Gameboys, Nintendo DS, camera phones, texting, chat rooms, free online classes, YouTube; just to name a few. It gave us endless amounts of opportunity to be on the screen instead of getting fresh air outside. Generally speaking; yes, I do believe the most important aspect of living is being able to connect with people in Real Life. Have real conversations and be able to physically put your feet in the grass and smell the real fresh air.

However, if you think about it; we were meant to create this trend. We were meant to get caught up in the lifestyle of mobile connecting opportunities. To be preparing for the inevitable big event. With the momentum our evolution is taking us, some people are no longer able to enjoy the end of a hard day, and connecting with those they want to see, or what they want to see.

The argument of complexity vs. simplicity will go on for many more years, much like most era-changing advances our species develop. The adaptation of change is unappealing to most, and because of that mindset, it’s even more unappealing to break into the motion of acceptance of newfound knowledge.

People fight harder against change than they fight for peace.

Social Media is an unofficial gift from the technological Gods. The more we evolve, the more questions we ask, the more we seek adventure – the more we are able to share, by way of articles, pictures, and actual GPS locations by “pin dropping”. What a concept! To know that you can share something marvelously interesting such as a photo from the Crystal Caves in Mexico or something widely important such as the riots in Gaza and create a petition for peace of endangered species in both the Oceans and on the lands and it gets signed by millions of others outside your community.

We aren’t just coming to our school director and explaining why our music program needs more money. No, not anymore. We are creating organizations like Save the Music and video taping our assemblies, to raise funding for ALL schools who can’t afford new instruments or instrumental repairs. Who have the school board threatening to take out their musical programs all together, because it’s unconsidered to be as important as another subject. We are able to use Social Media and hashtags to send the message out to places we wouldn’t guess otherwise of having an internet connection! We break into the hearts of millions to bring peace and awareness by forcing conversations between communities.

People like me, who don’t like watching the news on the television get forced to learn what’s going on in the World. We are forced to give an opinion, even if it’s to ourselves. You can’t hide from important information on issues that inevitably impact our lives. From public lies told by our admired politicians, to the scandals in government and Wall Street, all the way to the “holes in the story” of organized religion and what they are really doing behind the scenes.

Other corporations, the little people, and small businesses everywhere are increasing and building in size and productivity because of social media and we see it posted everywhere when there is a sale at our local bake shop, to what kinds of goods will be at our farmer’s markets, and being able to get on a mailing list or see a coupon right from the very stoplight at which we are stopped on our way home. Thank you mobile device. How did you know I wanted to find a coupon to Aunt Lucinda’s Flower and Bakery shop for a fundraiser? Convenience.

From what you like, to what you fear to know, to what you love to see, what you love and hate to hear. Whether you like it or not, whether you agree with it or not; it’s right there in your face. And sooner than later, because of social media, justice will be served to those who have hurt the nation and individual societies, communities, and personal lives of millions.

It gives us the opportunity to partner up with people. We are able to join forces.  Spread the word. ALLOWING US THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD. “THIS IS OUR MESSAGE AND YOU WILL LISTEN TO IT.

IT IS TIME, for people to start getting uncomfortable. IT IS TIME, for people to start compromising on their long held belief systems about the character, morale, policies, and procedures that are being practiced outside our front doors. It is time to start teaching our kids differently and giving them the freedom of independent choice and thought and allowing them to express themselves. To support not only kids, but people of all kind on their personal journey of self-discovery. It is time to stop assuming kids don’t know the better of their opinion and it’s time to start inquiring about their opinion and dropping our assumption that adults can’t learn anything from kids. It is time to start inquiring about your own perspective and to let go of the fear of disappointing a family member or friend because your belief is different from theirs. Ask yourself, ask your family and friends, ask your kids, and ask strangers questions you have never asked before. Think about topics you see on social media, and then think about them again pretending you are someone else, then think about it for a third time pretending you are another person. Keep the cycle going until you have thought about the same topic in the eyes of handfuls of people from all different backgrounds with all different belief systems. How does your opinion on the issue look now?

It’s time for the discussions to get real. And to get deep.

GET UNCOMFORTABLE.

The riots at Baltimore happened because the tip of iceberg finally cracked. There’s always a peaceful way to handle anger, however, with the choices of outrage led by the many who ran with emotion, we as a nation; thanks to Breaking News, and Social Media; received a moment of clarity all at once. Is this the kind of influence we want to have on our future generations? What have we been teaching and/or withholding from the young ones that leads them to believe this kind of action is okay?

We teach by example. Kids don’t listen to what we tell them, they listen to what we do. As parents, teachers, and role models say “Do this and don’t do that” and then turn around and do what they’re not supposed to and disregard the lesson they just gave – THAT is what kids and peers pick up on. Kids are of purity, they see in between the lines; not just read them.

WAKE UP, AMERICA! Stop pointing the finger on everyone else. Get on your electronic devices and google for yourself to research: Collective Consciousness. Read it. Re-read it. Look in the mirror after you have read it a third time. Take the information, spread it on a platter, and serve it at a potluck for you and loved ones to chew on together.

WE CANNOT CHANGE A NATION IF WE DON’T CHANGE OURSELVES. CHANGE DOES NOT JUST HAPPEN, AMERICA. WE CANNOT FORCE OTHERS TO CHANGE. WE CANNOT RIOT FOR CHANGE. WE CANNOT SAY ONE THING AND DO THE OPPOSITE. WE CANNOT PREACH ABOUT BEING GOOD PEOPLE AND THEN BLANTLY GO AGAINST WHAT WE KNOW IN OUR HEARTS IS WRONG JUST BECAUSE NOBODY IS LOOKING OR NOBODY SAYS ANYTHING.

STOP BEING AFRAID.

GET UNCOMFORTABLE.

OVERCOME YOUR EGO.

WORK TOGETHER.

TALK TO YOURSELF.

CHALLENGE YOURSELF.

We don’t get ahead by putting others down. We don’t make a difference by burning things down. We don’t become popular by the amount of Likes you get on the photo of the hamburger from Johnny Rocket’s you posted. We have a beautiful resource at our hand and are given the power to utilize. We are given the opportunity to connect with nations and Worlds beyond our own. Social media is there for our minds to expand. To grow together. To remember that different people in different parts of the World are talking about the same thing, on the same website, or the same app. Relish in that fact. Use that moment to bond with someone you wouldn’t know otherwise. Remember that we are a united World. Lift your consciousness into something bigger than yourself.

And for God’s sake…. Wake up, America.

Our Tilted Axis

Current Location: Braintopia, Z’s Body.

Over the test of time, every famous name you’ve ever heard in philosophy has been first sought out to be insane and weird.
Einstein, Aristotle, Murphy, Constantine, etc.
For some reason, these names [to just name a few] have said and done things that make more sense to me than anyone could try to explain. In the days where we rely on technology and Google to tell us insight and give us the answers to all of our questions, I read quotes and research from these people. The things these men have said and done make perfect sense to the way our world is and why we are what we are. It’s a shame they were belittled and undermined as they expressed only what they witnessed.
I feel more connected to them as they days go on and last night, I feel like I connected to the feeling they must have felt. Being so obsessed with the bigger picture and studying the sky and the personalities and everything that surrounds it.

Imagine you are standing on the edge of the cliff. You look down with your neck stretched out as far away from your body as possible. You’re looking a little towards the right and you see this dark circle. On the left side of this black circle, you see a shine so bright it’s blinding to your pupil.
This is the moon.

I don’t know if it’s just because I have taken a lot of hallucinogens in my day or what, but last night, I was in the car riding along to hike up to Salt Lake’s Top of the World with some friends. I stare up at the sky almost as much as astronomer’s do. For the first time ever in my life, I was able to break out of the “norm” thinking and saw the moon for how we really are to it.

The thing we look up at every single night, is not above it at all. It’s down, underneath and to the side. I saw the way that in all actually we were not driving straight on a road or standing straight up towards the sky. If you were to take some sticky shoes and walk up the side of the wall and stand with your feet in the corners where the wall and ceiling touch, you would be in the correct position of whatever you were doing last night at midnight.

We are not in fact looking “up” when we see the stars, moon, and sun.
Because of this thing called Gravity, we’re held down to whatever ground is underneath us, giving us the illusion that “up” is truly up.

To see this with no telescope or calculator or locator. To see it with the naked eye was magical and resonated deep within my spirit. Everybody has the gift of inner sight, the trick is getting in tune with the ability to let go of all “impossibilities” and be one with nature.

When you read about resurrections, reincarnations, or past lives, do you ever wonder if you aren’t living in your first life? If maybe you were someone before and through a series of feelings, aspirations, and events, that you are coming to terms not only with your present life, but also being able to connect to your past?
There is a reason we were related to our certain ancestors. There is a reason we have the hobbies and interests we have, because somewhere along the lines, through centuries of generations, these have been imbedded in our DNA for us to be where we are, right now, doing exactly what we are doing.

To look up at the moon, to look down at the moon, or over to the side; we are looking into the past, at all the people who came before us. Those who shared sights with the moon, thinking about the bigger picture of where we came from and what we are going to do next. We all know more than we think we do. We are all connected to the past in one way or another.


I challenge you, to take yourself out of “the norm” thinking and look at the World differently today. Look at something you see everyday in a renewed perspective. Challenge your thought process. Challenge your spirit to grow in a way you haven’t ever thought about and see where the process takes you. 

Don’t just look. Open up your eyes.